Winter can be a tough time for anybody’s skin… painfully dry hands and cracked heels galore (ouch!)
Dry heated air that dehydrates and cracks vulnerable skin inside combine with whipping cold winds that chaff skin outside…
…no fun especially if you suffer from chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema or other forms of dermatitis.
Today I have a blog post for you that is full of wonderful things you can do to support tender dry winter skin and support skin health in general.
You know that I love skin care (at one point I even considered going into dermatology!) so I’ve written lots of great blog posts over the past few years to support the innate health of your skin.
Posts like these:
- Protect your skin with my favorite sunscreen
- Caffeine to reduce basal cell cancer incidence
- Stop using unhealthy antiperspirants… by doing this one thing!
- My approach to skin care (and why most skin care products you use actually accelerates the aging of your skin!)
- The Deep Seated Intuitive Energy of Skin
- Beauty is only skin deep — enjoy your beauty just as it is (here’s how!)
- How to get rid of itchy yeast overgrowth on your skin
Every winter, I recommend a winter skin care regime to my patients that supports their skin from the inside out in 3 easy steps:
1. take high quality fish oil supplements daily
2. drink lots of water
3. slather on coconut oil as a whole body moisturizer.
But beyond this basic routine, if you have specific trouble spots you might want a topical barrier cream to apply directly on a daily basis for protection.
And luckily, if you like the barrier protection of petroleum jelly but don’t want petroleum by-products anywhere near your body, it’s super easy to make your own!
Today I want to share with you the recipe my daughter and I whip up each winter to use on our poor cracked hands and feet.
We have enjoyed this for several years now… thank you so much to One Good Thing by Jillee (which is where I first saw this recipe!)
Homemade (Un)Petroleum Jelly.
- 1/4 cup Beeswax Pellets
- 1 cup Olive Oil
Melt together over very low heat in a saucepan or double broiler… once well combined, pour into a jar or recycled container and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
I keep a jar by my bedside and by my kitchen sink to us on my winter cracked hands and heels.
If you don’t want to make yours from scratch, give Alba’s UnPetroleum Jelly a try on any super dry trouble spots!
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